Rossouw’s the real deal

Bakkies Botha is backing Danie Rossouw to deliver the goods against France on Saturday.

Botha has missed the first three Tests of the season through injury, but believes the Boks have a more than able replacement in Rossouw.

“Danie has done an excellent job for the Boks so far, and it’s great to have a forward who can play lock or flank,” said Botha. “He did well for the Bulls as an impact player this year, and has now shown that he is an 80-minute player too.”

Rossouw won the Bok team award for Man of the Match against Scotland in PE (Schalk Burger won the official award) and then won SuperSport’s Man on the Match a week later. Can he make it three in a row this week?

“Ah, we’ll have to see,” laughed Rossouw, before confirming where he’d prefer to play in the side. “Lock is my best position and is where I feel I can make the most impact. But at the end of the day I just want to play for the Boks, and if that means playing flank, that’s fine by me.”

Rossouw admitted Saturday’s Test would be far tougher than the two against Scotland.

“France are the Six Nations champions and have brought a very strong squad to South Africa,” he said. “We know we’ll have to up our game from last week if we want to win.”

By Simon Borchardt, in Cape Town